Literally "something that everything relies on"; the law of the universe, religious faith, religious laws, the path of righteousness, sacred duty, good, truth, justice, harmony.

Another meaning can be “retention”, when the yogi holds himself, his attention on something essential for a long time, on what keeps him from a spiritual fall.

According to the Vedas, dharma is the proper fulfillment of the purpose of a particular thing, a phenomenon or a regularity; in relation to the person - this is the image of behavior most favorable for its spiritual development, following its purpose.

One of the four purposes (Purushartha) of human life.

The religion of Vedas and Agamas is called sanatana-dharma (eternal dharma) of the world and all beings.